September 1, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson
Roger Hicks assembled a tiny army to help with his Ludum Dare 24 entry, the Radiant Silvergun-inspired Fall of the Ark. While a competent and quick shmup, it's the little details that make this one memorable.
Like Treasure implemented voice acting in its famous shmup, Hicks uses some to tell the tale of Ark and taunt the player during the final battle. Radiant Silvergun also influenced the scrolling/scaling effects. This was a refreshing departure from the typical horizontal or vertical shooter.
Fall of the Ark is a very short ride of a game, and the bomb seemed rather useless. However, real shmup fans don't need bombs, unless it plays into the scoring mechanics. A bit of trivia: To The Moon programmer Lannie "Merlandese" Neely III lent his voice to the game.